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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan Quake: 10,000 Unaccounted For In Port - 12th Mar 2011

Around 10,000 people are unaccounted for in the Japanese port of Minamisanriku, reports say, as the estimated death toll from the country's quake and tsunami nears the 1,300 mark.

Japanese military have also said 300 to 400 bodies have been found in Iwate's Rikuzentakata city.

The country has asked for Britain's help with a rescue operation of unprecedented proportions.

The foreign office confirmed they had offered assistance in the form of victim identification expertise, humanitarian aid, and expert disaster search and rescue teams and were on their way to the country.

Foreign secretary William Hague said he had spoken to the Japanese foreign minister to offer his condolences.

"We are appalled by the scenes of devastation, by the heavy loss of life, by the destruction we have all witnesses on our television screens.

"I think all over the world, people's hearts go out to the people of Japan." Read More